Russian forces occupying the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant have turned the site into a military base to launch attacks against Ukrainian positions, the head of Ukraine’s nuclear power company says.

Petro Kotin told newsmen that the threat to the plant was “great”, but that it remained safe.

For days, Ukraine and Russia have blamed each other for attacks on the site, Europe’s largest nuclear plant, raising concerns of a major accident.

The complex has been under Russian occupation since early March, although Ukrainian technicians still operate it.

Over the weekend, Ukraine accused Russian forces of attacking the Soviet-era site, saying two workers were taken to hospital with shrapnel injuries and that three radiation sensors had been damaged.

Mr Kotin, who heads Enerhoatom, said 500 Russian soldiers were at the plant, and that they had positioned rocket launchers in the area, claims that cannot be independently verified.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said “any attack [on] a nuclear plant is a suicidal thing”, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described Russia’s actions as “nuclear terrorism”.


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